U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins Tied to Russian-Linked Twitter Accounts
Kremlin-backed account shared Higgins' infamous Auschwitz video.
LAKE CHARLES, LA - According to a new report, a video originally posted by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) was promoted by Russian-linked, Kremlin-backed Twitter accounts in possible efforts to influence Louisiana politics and American elections.
The account, dubbed "New Orleans Online," shared Higgins' widely criticized 2017 video in which he is seen filming himself inside a Nazi gas chamber at Auschwitz. Higgins, who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, brought national attention to his antics and disrespect for Holocaust victims after the summer video release. But the deactivated, Kremlin-based Twitter account that retweeted it is currently under investigation by the Justice Department.
Higgins is facing Dr. Phillip Conner of Lake Charles in his Nov. 2018 reelection bid.
"It's very concerning that the embarrassing actions of our congressman have not only received international criticism, but were also used by the Russian government in its attempt to interfere in our own elections," said Conner. "Congressman Higgins has a chronic problem with engaging in reckless self-promotional behavior. And now that weakness is being exploited by foreign interests looking to divide us against ourselves. It's sad and we deserve better."
Twitter told congressional investigators the account, @NewOrleansON, was one of 382 labeled as "human-directed" with direct links to the Kremlin. At the time of this release, Higgins had not commented on why Russian sponsored accounts would have found the content he posted on his official U.S. Rep. Twitter account useful in their mission to affect U.S. elections.